GEORGE NEWS - A hundred and one South African Police Service members received long-service medals at a ceremony held on Thursday 12 July at the Thembalethu Community Hall in Zone 9.
The event, which was organised by the Southern Cape Police cluster, was aimed at recognising and acknowledging members of the police for prolonged service. Medals were handed to members for 10 years, 20 years, 30 years and 40 years of loyal service respectively.
Members that performed duties during the 2010 Soccer World Cup and the South African Police Service centenary period also received medals for their respective roles.
The Eden Police cluster commander, Major-General Oswald Reddy, congratulated the members on their achievements and encouraged them to continue serving their respective communities with pride.
"The South African Police Service acknowledges the tremendous contribution you have made to the country. We need police members with integrity that are committed to assisting the service in our efforts to create a safe and secure environment for all the people of South Africa.
It is important that you wear your medals with dignity and pride," said Reddy.
Two retired police officials, Warrant Officer Leon Koch and Warrant Officer Jan Smith, were commended for their dedication to the police when they received 40-year loyal service medals at the parade.
Reddy urged all the medal recipients to share their knowledge and wisdom about policing with the young police officials as well as those that are still joining the service. He also thanked the families for their continued support to the men and women in blue that are in the forefront of the fight against crime.
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